Sheep (England): Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock (PB5162)

Health: Inspection

  1. The health and welfare of animals depend upon regular supervision. Shepherds should carry out inspections of the flock at intervals appropriate to the circumstances in animals which sheep are kept and pay particular attention to signs of injury, distress, illness or infestation (e.g. sheep scab, fly strike, lameness and mastitis) so that these conditions can be recognised and dealt with promptly. The frequency of inspection will depend on factors which affect sheep welfare at any particular time, such as housing, lambing, fly strike and adverse winter weather conditions.
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